YWCA of Tulsa

Mission & History


YWCA Tulsa is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Through inclusion and empowerment, we address race and gender disparities in wellness, wealth and education.

YWCA Tulsa supports nearly 400,000 women, children and people of color in the Tulsa area through our four hallmark programs: health and wellness, immigrant and refugee services, racial justice and women’s empowerment. YWCA Tulsa is a Partner Agency of Tulsa Area United Way.


Since its founding in 1914, YWCA Tulsa has continually adapted to the challenges of an evolving society and continued to serve the needs of women, their families and the community of Tulsa. In its earliest years, YWCA Tulsa offered inexpensive meals, lodging and occupational training to young women working to better their lives in a vibrant, growing city. In 1921, YWCA Tulsa opened a center in north Tulsa to provide housing, food and job training for young African American women left homeless by the Race Riot. In the 1930s, we helped hundreds of women and their families survive the ravages of the Great Depression. In more recent years, the YWCA has guided women through times of crisis, helped newcomers to America find their way in a bewildering new culture, and provided a variety of opportunities to help the young, the old and the physically disadvantaged reach their full potential. This year, YWCA Tulsa will serve more than 20,000 Tulsans through programs that include health & wellness, immigration services, and activities for senior citizens.

YWCA Tulsa is a proud member association of YWCA USA. Read the history of our national movement.